An organization that seeks to educate and engage people on global LGBTI issues officially launched on September 30 during an event on Capitol Hill. Alturi describes itself as an “online solution that enables individuals at all levels to take a stand against the violence and oppression facing the international LGBTI community.”
Under the strict interpretation of Sharia law used by the religious police in Indonesia's Aceh province, you can get arrested for hugging the wrong person. This happened on September 28 to two young women who have since "confessed" to being homosexuals. Human Rights Watch released a statement on October 3 condemning the law and the arrests.
More than 100 people on Thursday gathered in the Honduran capital to discuss ways to expand the country’s LGBTI rights movement. Advocates from throughout Latin America attended the conference at the Hotel Plaza del Libertador in Tegucigalpa that Honduran LGBTI rights advocates organized.
Overtaking both the United Kingdom and Belgium, the small nation of Malta currently ranks first – recognizing 89% of rights – in ILGA-Europe’s most recent rankings for LGBTIQ rights. At the other end of the rankings, Azerbaijan awards only 5% of LGBTIQ rights.
The Ghanian Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has asked policy makers to formulate new policies to end human rights abuses against LGBTI people, sex workers, and other vulnerable groups in Ghanaian society. The center has noted that the practice of widespread discrimination and stigmatization - especially of those with HIV/AIDS - has negatively impacted access to health care and other necessities.
Contributed by Fabrice Houdart, Senior Country Officer, Middle East and North Africa (Maghreb), World Bank, Alturi Executive Board member
As the LGBTI community wakes up with a hangover from the Papal visit in the United States, discovering that the Catholic Church might not be anywhere closer to embracing LGBTI equality, the real surprise is the depth of our community’s disappointment.